Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Howie and Zack are Ready...and a Little Progress

Howie and Zack are ready for Christmas...the groomer came today and gave the boys their baths, clipped their nails and decked them out in their holiday bandannas. They really are not big fans of bandannas so we had to click this picture really fast. Hmm, I wonder if they'll stay this clean until Christmas.

The front yard is ready too...we have 3 camellia bushes out front and they are all full of these beautiful flowers. They start to open Thanksgiving weekend and bloom all the way through New Year's. We've been in this house 5 years in January...the first 3 years we were here these bushes never got a single flower...at the end of the 3rd year I said "If these don't bloom next year, I'm done with them and we're pulling them out, and putting in something that will bloom." Well, I think they understood every word I said...last year they were very pretty, this year they are full of flowers and tons of buds just ready to pop out. Oh I'm so glad I gave them another year! We just love them.

I finished the Sadie Quilt BOM on Sunday and I was singing and dancing. Oh, I am in love with this quilt. There sure are a lot of pieces, lots of seams and tons of thread in this quilt. It's a Lori Smith pattern and it went together perfectly. Her directions could not have been better.

Andy has what he thinks will be his last appointment with the knee surgeon tomorrow. He's doing great...he's back going to the gym again and feeling good. I think I better head back to the gym too...hmmm!

33 comments:

joan said...

OH that is a gorgeous quilt .. I love Lori Smith's designs...So much work but isn't it all worth it?
Flowers bloomed??? I cannot see outside my window rioght now; snow is blustering so much.
I love it though when I'm inside that is...Glad to hear ANdy is well again!

Joyful Quilter said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Love the colors and the pattern.

Joyful Quilter said...

And I mustn't forget - the boys look very handsome in their bandanas. How do you tell them apart?

paulette said...

Your quilt is stunning! Well done and your pups look ready for Christmas!
Paulette

Quilt Hollow said...

The quilt...OMG...the quilt!! Super fabulouscious!!!!

Darlene said...

Sadie's Quilt is beautiful, Carol.

Howie and Zack are two handsome guys and look quite dashing in their bandanas! :-)

KSedlak said...

Howie and Zack are adorable.
Your quilt is beautiful. My goodness, lots of piecing in that one.

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, LOVE that new quilt! The boys look great. And just fyi, that threatening your flowers doesn't always work -- I had the most beautiful Rose of Sharon but it was a little unruly and getting too big for it's space (in spite of trimmings) and after I threatened it...it up and died! The nerve!!!

Nedra said...

Cute puppies! And the quilt turned out wonderful. You still have flowers in your yard? Even here in St. George it's getting cold.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

The boys look ready to me.
I LOVE that quilt. OMG that is awesome. Great job Carol.

Sherri said...

Your Lori Smith quilt is amazing! I love it! I'm soo ready to make another of her patterns...might challenge myself to use fabric on hand...mostly...lol!

Kathie said...

the boys look adorable! LOL
the quilt is just wonderful, I hope your keeping this one for yourself
what an accomplishment! So good to hear that andy is doing so well.
Kathie

yellowfarmhouse said...

Wowzers that is a beautiful quilt and I bet lots of thread and cutting was involved in the making of that one - a real treasure.

Dang those boys look adorable, love their holiday accents, lol. Tell them Cami says hi :).

Hugs -- Karen

em's scrapbag said...

The quilt is beautiful! You did a wonderful job! I'm glad you gave the flowers one more year they are lovely.

Lori said...

The sampler quilt is stunning! I agree that Lori Simth writes great directions. It sure makes it nice to follow.
Your two boys are so cute!! They looked like they were waiting for a treat:)

Gypsy Quilter said...

Wow, that quilt is awesome . .. simply mahhhvelous. And of course, the 4-footed fellas look spiffy too.

Quilter Going Bananas said...

The boys sure look handsome :^)
Your Sadie quilt is gorgeous, I love it, a lot! Glad to hear that DH has progressed so well since his surgery.

Jeanne said...

Love your BOTM quilt! Nice work. The boys look great, too.

Nicole said...

The boys looks fab and that Sadie quilt is amazing!

Cathy said...

Beautiful doggies!!!! I can't leave bandanas on my dogs because Brodie might get his sister's off and eat it. :-) Your quilt is beautiful! That is wonderful about Andy. I bet he is so glad that it is all past him now.
Cathy

Kate said...

How cute are they?!

Love the quilt, it looks fabulous.

Hmmm, the gym....something I need to think about after 4 weeks away! It's gonna hurt :-/

Carrie P. said...

Your pups look great. Do you have groomer who makes house calls?
What a fabulous quilt. Good job.
I know hubby will glad to have the okay to get back in the gym. great news.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Your quilt is gorgeous--that must have taken forever to cut and piece, but it's lovely! Pretty flowers, too!

Libby said...

Howie and Zack look so sweet . . . . surely Santa has seen what good boys they are *s*

Dandelion Quilts said...

That quilt is just beautiful. Wow. I would sing and dance too. It is spectacular!

Kim said...

The boys look pretty spiffy all dressed up for the holidays. :-) It's good to know that flowers are blooming somewhere. We have a nice crop of snowflakes here ~ hey, no two alike! Gotta love that. Speaking of love, that new finish of yours is one spectacular quilt! I can see why you are loving this one, but then I like all of the quilts that you make! Good news that the knee is progressing well and you have good company for your gym time. Life is good right now, huh? :0)

MARCIE said...

Listen up bushes, you better bloom! Haha! Another beautiful quilt Carol! love the design and the colors too.

Thelma said...

Someone comes to your house to groom the dogs? How great is that! I noticed you did Cindy Lou Who but not Picnic, same for me.

I LOVE your Sadie quilt, wonderful job!

Vicky said...

The quilt is gorgeous, and those pups sure are handsome dudes! Merry Christmas!

Karen said...

I can see why you would be happy dancing with your quilt top finish! Lots of little pieces in those blocks. All looks good together.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hello, I saw your blog on A Simple Quilters blog. The dogs got my attention!! I being the animal lover. Nice dogs!!! I am an old girl too and I only have one dog to care for now. One cat and a lot of outside animals. Birds, coons, possums and ect. A lot of wild animals depend on me for water most of all.
Nice to meet you, Fern

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Howie and Zack look like twins.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Sophie's groomer comes to the house in a big old tricked-out van. I like it so much better than having to leave Sophie all day in a cage.